The invention of the radio goes back years before the first wireless signal was successfully received in 1901. In the early 1600’s, Scottish physicist, James Clerk Maxwell, proposed the idea of radio waves. This is where it all began. Two similar technologies branched off from this early discovery, the telegraph, and the telephone. The radio began as wireless telegraphy.
In 1866, Mahlon Loomis, an American dentist, demonstrated wireless telegraphy. He was able to make a meter connected to one kite cause another one to move. This was the first known instance of wireless communication.
In 1895, Italian inventor, Guglielmo Marconi, proved the possibility of radio communication. Marconi was born on April 25th 1874 in Bologna Italy. Marconi was the first to demonstrate workable wireless radio communication. He sent and received his first radio signal in1895. Six years later the letter "S" was telegraphed from England to Newfoundland. This was the first successful wireless telegraph sent across such a distance. The Radio began as a wireless telegraph, where information was sent and received via radio waves. In the early 1900’s the radio was used for this purpose only. Broadcasting signals was a separate invention later used for spreading news and such. As of the early 1900’s the radio was being used for the sole purpose of sending and receiving data for practical purposes rather than entertainment for the public like we use it primarily today.
The Radio was originally intended for ship to shore communication, sending information from point A, and receiving it at point B. This was an extremely convenient way of communication that revolutionized the way people interacted over long distances. To most people this idea was hard to fathom, since the discovery of invisible waves known as radio waves were discovered only a few years earlier. Over the next decade or so, the radio was slowly being improved by scientists around the...